Detroit Pistons 2010-11 Season Preview
The Detroit Pistons weren't a very good basketball team last year, and if you're a fan, get prepared for the sequel in 2010-2011.
The Pistons didn't even win 30 games last year in a crummy conference. Their leading scorer, veteran Richard Hamilton, was actually removed from the starting lineup for a significant portion of the year.
The team's big offseason signing was, drum roll please, Tracy McGrady. It's actually not a bad move considering McGrady is playing for peanuts and is obviously an incredibly talent player, but the chances it all works out in the end are not very high.
McGrady has been decimated by injuries over the years, and there is nothing to suggest that he will have less of them as he gets older. He claims he is fine with a reserve role, but I'm not buying that, which means he could become a distraction as well.
The good news is that the Pistons did upgrade their frontcourt by bringing in Chris Wilcox and first-round draft pick Greg Monroe. Monroe underwent offseason knee surgery, which is a little bit alarming, but he should be fine for the start of the season.
The future certainly looks brighter than the present (that isn't saying much), which is something fans should try to remind themselves as they watch the Pistons haplessly compete through their 82-game schedule.